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The problem of abandoned animals arises again year after year and also concerns road safety: let us remember what to do and who to call

With the arrival of summer, as every year, the question ofabandonment of pets, unfortunately a constant phenomenon, but which reaches its peak during the summer. The reasons that determine it are always in vain: many unscrupulous people and with a heart of stone think that it is too difficult and expensive to take care of the dog or cat during the holidays, and for this reason they do not hesitate to get rid of it in the most drastic way. A sad habit that, according to the latest statistics, causes deaths every summer by investing about 60 thousand abandoned animals. And along with dogs and cats, which are in the clear majority, there are also birds, fish, turtles, hamsters and parrots. In other words, all the little friends who spruce up the houses during the year, but who with the coming of summer become a problem that must be solved radically. Among other things, to put road safety.

Updated June 21, 2022 with all the clarifications on what to do and who to call if abandoned animals are found, especially cats and dogs.



LEAVING ANIMALS: A PROBLEM THAT ALSO CONCERNS SECURITY

Animals apparently do not know the highway code and move depending on their instincts. Even more can abandoned pets who have lost all reference points wander everywhere, including highways and freeways, to endanger oneself and other road users. For this reason too, the Penal Code clearly states: leaving an animal is a crime. The art. 727 of the Penal Code actually providesarrest up to 1 year or a fine from 1,000 to 10,000 euros for anyone who leaves pets or who has acquired habits of captivity. Leaving a dog or any other pet without anyone taking care of it is not only cruel to the animal, but at the same time represents a potentially very risky act for the safety of motorists.

WHAT TO DO AND WHO TO CALL IF WE FIND A PUBLISHED ANIMAL

A study conducted in recent years by SicurAUTO.it has emphasized commitments to which we are all bound in the event that we encounter an animal in obvious conditions where we have been abandoned. First and foremost, art. 189 paragraph 9-bis of our Highway Code provides that “the road user, in the event of an accident in all cases related to his conduct resulting in injury to one or more pets, income or protected animals, has a duty to stop and implement all appropriate measures to ensure timely rescue intervention for animals who has suffered the damage“, Under penalty of a severe fine from 421 to 1,691 euros. And Ministerial Decree 217 of 9 October 2012 effectively equates the need to transport an injured animal (attention: all animals) with a person, allowing the use of a siren and flashing light for veterinary ambulances and zoophilic surveillance vehicles.

Therefore, any motorist is in the presence of an injured animal forced to stop and call for help alarm, alternatively:

– that Veterinary service in ASL for territorial jurisdiction (if you do not know the number, contact the ASL switchboard)

– Carabinieri (112);

– State Police (113);

– Financial Police (117);

– the municipal-local-provincial police;

– conversion boards in municipalities and provinces;

– Wildlife recovery centers;

– the nearest veterinary practice.

It should also be remembered that the www.strutturaveterinarie.it platform has been active for some time, created by the National Federation of the Orders of Italian Veterinarians (FNOVI) in collaboration with ANMVI (National Association of Italian Veterinary Doctors), which contains georeferencing of authorized veterinary facilities. It is a public utility service, free of charge and can be downloaded via the app also on smartphones, tablets and satellite navigators, which allows you to track the nearest veterinary clinic and their contact information.

THERE WAS AN ACCIDENT AND THE ANIMAL ON THE STREET IS DEAD: WHAT TO DO?

In this case, the experts from LAV and ANMVI state that the procedure is the same as the one already described, with the difference that it is necessary to only inform the police. A veterinarian must intervene to certify the death of the animal, and in the most sensitive cases, the experimental zooprophylactic institute in the province where the accident occurred will perform an autopsy. Regarding any veterinary expensesthe assessments of the incident’s responsibility will have the task of certifying who is to pay the compensation, including veterinary expenses.

PROVIDING ASSISTANCE TO ANIMALS IS A LEGAL OBLIGATION

If it was still not clear, let’s remember it for the fifteenth time Animal rescue is a legal obligation. Also under the Highway Code, persons involved in an accident involving one or more pets, income or protected animals must take all appropriate measures to ensure timely rescue efforts. Anyone who does not comply with the obligation is subject to the administrative sanction of payment of a fine from 85 to 337 euros.

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